Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies

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La Raza Cosmética

Beauty, Identity, and Settler Colonialism in Postrevolutionary Mexico

The University of Arizona Press

La Raza Cosmética examines postrevolutionary identity construction as a project of settler colonialism that at once appropriated and erased indigeneity. In its critique of Indigenous representation, it also shows how Indigenous women strategically engaged with and resisted these projects as they played out in beauty pageants, films, tourism, art, and other realms of popular culture.

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Girl of New Zealand

Colonial Optics in Aotearoa

The University of Arizona Press

 Girl of New Zealand resurrects Māori women from objectification and locates them firmly within Māori whanau/families and communities.

 

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Divided Peoples

Policy, Activism, and Indigenous Identities on the U.S.-Mexico Border

The University of Arizona Press

Divided Peoples addresses the impact border policies have on traditional lands and the peoples who live there—whether environmental degradation, border patrol harassment, or the disruption of traditional ceremonies. Anthropologist Christina Leza shows how such policies affect the traditional cultural survival of Indigenous peoples along the border. The author examines local interpretations and uses of international rights tools by Native activists, counter-discourse on the U.S.-Mexico border, and challenges faced by Indigenous border activists when communicating their issues to a broader public.

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Spiral to the Stars

Mvskoke Tools of Futurity

The University of Arizona Press

Spiral to the Stars offers a critical and concrete map for community making that leverages Mvskoke way-finding tools of energy, kinship, knowledge, power, and spaces. It is must-have book for community organizers, radical pedagogists, and anyone wishing to empower and advocate for their community.

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Finding Meaning

Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature

The University of Arizona Press

Winner of the Native American Literature Symposium’s Beatrice Medicine Award for Published Monograph.

The first extensive study of contemporary Hawaiian literature, Finding Meaning examines kaona, the practice of hiding and finding meaning, for its profound connectivity. Through kaona, author Brandy Nalani McDougall affirms the tremendous power of Indigenous stories and genealogies to give lasting meaning to decolonization movements.

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Staking Claim

Settler Colonialism and Racialization in Hawai'i

The University of Arizona Press

Staking Claim analyzes Hawai‘i at the crossroads of competing claims for identity, belonging, and political status. Judy Rohrer argues that the dual settler colonial processes of racializing native Hawaiians (erasing their indigeneity), and indigenizing non-Hawaiians, enable the staking of non-Hawaiian claims to Hawai‘i.

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